The most picturesque and secret natural hot pool is Hrunalaug. With just 1,5-hour from Reykjavik, this tiny changing room is hidden in between the mountains behind a small village. The hot spring can host up to 15 people and usually isn’t crowded. In the weekends, some locals will have a beer here as well. There is a fee box, please leave the amount requested on the box. Hrunalaug belongs to the things you must do in Iceland.
2. Hofsos Infinity Pool
In the far northwest part of Iceland, there is a small town called Hofsos that hosts an infinity pool view over the fjords and Drangey island. It has a hot swimming pool, a hot tub, very clean showers, and lockers and all for just 900 ISK ($8).
Good to know: The camping is just a 3-minute walk from the pool!
At the beginning of the peninsula Snaefellsnes, there is a small natural hot spring on the side of the main road. Use Google Maps to lead you here. Once you’ve arrived, walk all the way down the path to a small hole in the ground which fits 4 people. On the other side where the pump is located, is a larger pool.
4. Blue Lagoon
By far the most famous geothermal pool in Iceland is the Blue Lagoon. This world-famous pool is beautiful and shouldn’t be skipped.
Some say it’s expensive and it ruins your hair (because of the saltwater). Well, Yes, it is expensive but totally worth the experience! And we didn’t notice that our hair was ruined. ;-)
5. Myvatn Nature Baths
Mývatn nature baths is a smaller version of the blue lagoon. This geothermal pool located in the north of Iceland, 6 hours from Reykjavik. The best thing about the pool is the view of the landscape that surrounds it. The price of Myvatn is around a third cheaper than Blue Lagoon. If you have to choose between the town, we still recommend the Blue Lagoon.
A hidden gem between all the highlights of southern Iceland is Seljavallalaug. Also called the oldest swimming pool of Iceland. It is quite hidden from the main road and it takes a 15-minute hike down the valley to get here. It’s located in between Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. The pool is maintained through donations so please leave a small gift behind.